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Chris Schalkx


Chris Schalkx is a freelance writer and photographer with a focus in travel and design. In 2013, he swapped his native Rotterdam, Netherlands, for a new adventure in Bangkok. He covers emerging local designers and up-and-coming travel destinations around Asia and beyond. His words and photographs have appeared in print and online on Travel + LeisureCondé Nast TravelerArchitectural DigestBloomberg Pursuits, and more.

On a Trip to Singapore, Continuing a New Era of Adventures with My Father

The pandemic interrupted a special phase in our relationship, during which I had begun bringing my father on my far-flung adventures. On a recent trip, we reopened the book. 

The Best New Openings in Singapore, From Luxury Hotels to Can’t-Miss Tasting Menus

The Lion City is officially dropping testing and quarantine requirements for vaccinated travelers this month.

The Best New Openings in Thailand, From Buzzy Bangkok Restaurants to Koh Samui Resorts

The country is now fully open, with no testing or quarantine requirement for vaccinated travelers. 

Hotel âme

With its Scandi-Japanese design and third-wave coffee-shop vibe, âme is the smartest of the boutique hotels that have recently cropped up in Rotterdam. 

Three Under-the-Radar South Asian Surf Spots for Your Next Beach Break

From Thailand to Sri Lanka, these laid-back locales tick every box. 

Bali Has Reopened—Here’s Everything New to Do, from Wellness to Dining

Bali beckons with sun, surf, and spirituality–and visiting has just become easier.

What to Do in Amsterdam-Noord, the Dutch Capital’s Coolest Neighborhood

Amsterdam has taken steps to manage tourism in some of its most popular districts—but in this funky, revitalized enclave beyond the city center, the party is just getting started.

Six Senses Yao Noi

The best of Southern Thailand, without its overdeveloped and touristy downsides.


Pavilions sprinkled on the hillside of a former coconut plantation site by the Andaman Sea

Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River

A super-smart playground along the Chao Phraya River

Capella Bangkok

A low-rise retreat on the smartest end of Bangkok’s hotel spectrum

What to Do in Ari, One of Bangkok’s Coolest Neighborhoods

Just beyond the city center, this laid-back enclave is pulling in a fashionable new crowd.

A Local’s Guide to Chiang Mai, Thailand

Gallerist Achariyar Rojanapirom on the Chiang Mai creatives to have on your radar.

Bangkok’s Hottest Tables Have Moved Inside Chefs’ Homes

Though the pandemic delivered a heavy blow to the city’s dining scene, one new breed of restaurant is flourishing.

I Always Pack This Portable Espresso Maker for Quality Coffee on the Road

And it's only slightly larger than a can of soda.

Roukh Kiri Khao Yai

Sleek minimalism meets countryside cool at this hillside hideaway in Khao Yai.

The Chefs, Designers, and Activists Transforming Bangkok

A rising class of Bangkok creatives are mining their heritage to put a modern spin on Thailand's culture—and breaking down barriers along the way.

How to Be a Mindful Hotel Guest During a Pandemic

In Ethical Traveler, our new advice column, we tackle the tricky moral dilemmas and questions that arise when traveling during a pandemic.